Rouzbeh Rashidi

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Rouzbeh Rashidi
Born (1980-12-23)December 23, 1980
Tehran, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Occupation Filmmaker
Years active 2000–present

Rouzbeh Rashidi (Persian: روزبه رشیدی; born 23 December 1980 - Tehran, Iran) is an Iranian avant-garde filmmaker[1][2] associated with the Remodernist film movement.[3] Rouzbeh Rashidi studied Media at Dublin Institute of Technology and has been making films since 2000 when he founded the Experimental Film Society in Tehran. Since then, he has worked completely apart from any mainstream conceptions of filmmaking.[4][5][6][7]

Experimental Film Society[edit]

Experimental Film Society (EFS) [8][9] is an independent, not-for-profit entity specialising in avant-garde, independent and no/low budget filmmaking. It was founded in 2000 in Tehran, Iran by Rouzbeh Rashidi and has been based in Dublin, Ireland since 2004. Its aim is to produce and promote films by its members. Experimental Film Society unites works by a dozen filmmakers scattered across the globe, whose films are distinguished by an uncompromising, no-budget devotion to personal, experimental cinema. Experimental Film Society is responsible for rescuing and preserving many of its members' films, which otherwise might have been lost forever.[2][10]

Rouzbeh Rashidi archived and produced films by EFS members; he arranged, curated and presented screenings and online hosting (EFS Video Archive) of these works. He also conceived and produced the EFS portmanteau feature film The Last of Deductive Frames and the EFS sound project Cinema Cyanide.

Members of EFS include: Rouzbeh Rashidi (founder), Bahar Samadi, Jann Clavadetscher, Kamyar Kordestani, Michael Higgins, Hamid Shams Javi, Dean Kavanagh, Esperanza Collado and Jason Marsh. Maximilian Le Cain is an honorary member.[11]

Past Collaborators include Pouya Ahmadi, Mohammad Nick Dell, Mahdi Safarali, Navid Salajegheh, Behzad Haki and Ali Vakilian.

Homo Sapiens Project[edit]

Homo Sapiens Project is an ongoing series of personal experimental video works by Rouzbeh Rashidi initiated in August 2011 for both online and screen context.[12][13]

(An)Other Irish Cinema[edit]

(An)Other Irish Cinema is the work of three resolutely independent filmmakers based in Ireland who have built up prolific filmographies over the past decade in complete creative freedom, taking full advantage of the liberty for experimentation that low-and-no budget production offers. Although the visions audiences discover in the films of Donal Foreman, Rouzbeh Rashidi[14] and Maximilian Le Cain are very different, they are linked by the use of exploratory, non-script-based approaches to filmmaking and by a keen awareness of the cinema histories that have explored the medium's possibilities far beyond the accepted rules of the multiplex.[15][16]

Foreman, Rashidi and Le Cain formed ‘(An) Other Irish Cinema’ as a platform for joint screenings, to showcase their work and, in so doing, to propose the possibility of an/other filmmaking culture in Ireland.[17]

Remodernist film movement[edit]

In January 2010 Rashidi joined the Remodernist film movement. Remodernist film developed in the United States and the United Kingdom in the early 21st century with ideas related to those of the international art movement Stuckism and its manifesto, Remodernism. Key figures are Harris Smith and Jesse Richards. On August 27, 2008, Jesse Richards published a 15 point Remodernist Film Manifesto, calling for a "new spirituality in cinema", use of intuition in filmmaking, as well as describing the remodernist film as being a "stripped down, minimal, lyrical, punk kind of filmmaking". In late August, 2009, an International Alliance of Remodernist Filmmakers was started by Jesse Richards in order to promote discussion and collaboration amongst those following the manifesto.

The Australian film magazine Filmink announced Rashidi's participation in a compilation feature film by the Remodernist film movement in February 2010.[3]

Rouzbeh Rashidi left the Remodernist film movement in late 2011.

Rouzbeh Rashidi’s resume with Remodernist film:

  • Two of Rouzbeh Rashidi's short films Grey (2008) and Now & Forever (2008) was picked by Jesse Richards for the short films of Remodernist film.
  • An article about Remodernist film & Jesse Richards was published on 17 August 2010 in Shargh Newspaper (Iran) by Kamyar Kordestani & with the help of Rouzbeh Rashidi.
  • Remodernist film manifesto was translated into Persian language by Kamyar Kordestani, Reza Radbeh & with the help of Rouzbeh Rashidi. It was subsequently published on 31 August 2010 in the Shargh Newspaper (Iran).
  • Completion of the feature film Closure of Catharsis (2011) which was based and inspired by Remodernist film manifesto.
  • Contribution to the Remodernist omnibus feature film “In Passing (2011)“.


2011 - Arts Council of Ireland Film Project Award for He (2012 film).

2009 - National Student Media "Short Film of the Year".[18][19] The National Student Media Awards are "Ireland's premier student awards."[20][21]

2008 - Best Short Film at Cork Youth International Film Festival 2008. [22]


Year Title Length Notes Main Actors
2013 HSP: There Is No Escape From The Terrors Of The Mind 120 minutes James Devereaux, Maximilian Le Cain, Borna Izadpanah, Farzad Fahim, Ali AL Jaradi, Hatem Said AL Jaradi, Dean Kavanagh, Sarah Lundy & Atoosa Pour Hosseini.
2013 Weird Weird Movie Kids Do Not Watch The Movie 88 minutes Made with Maximilian Le Cain Eadaoin O’Donaghue, Rouzbeh Rashidi and Maximilian Le Cain.
2013 Circumcision of Participant Observation 116 minutes Dean Kavanagh, Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Farzad Fahim, Reza Rashidi, Patricia Klich and Rouzbeh Rashidi.
2012 Theory 99 minutes Ehsan Safarpour, Pooria Nick Dell, Farvad Sadeghi & Rouzbeh Rashidi.
2012 Persistencies of Sadness & Still Days 240 minutes Two part feature film made with Maximilian Le Cain John McCarthy, James Devereaux, Rouzbeh Rashidi, Sara-Jane Power and Maximilian Le Cain.
2012 He 122 minutes James Devereaux, Cillian Roche, Maximilian Le Cain, George Hanover & John McCarthy.
2012 Boredom of the disgust & monotony of the tediousness 95 minutes James Devereaux.
2012 Structures, Machines, Apparatus and Manufacturing Processes 93 minutes Yashar Amini, Pooria Nick Dell, Mohammad Nick Dell, Mahdi Safarali, Dean Kavanagh, Johnny Allen, Jann Clavadetscher and Mahsa Nick Dell.
2012 Bard Is a Thing of Dread 61 minutes Reza Rashidi and Rouzbeh Rashidi.
2012 Indwell Extinction of Hawks in Remoteness 61 minutes Toofan Nasehi, Rouzbeh Rashidi, Nima Pourtolami, Alireza Mehdizadeh, Pooria Nick Dell and Mohammad Nick Dell.
2012 Praxinoscope 82 minutes Zulfikar Filandra, Alma Sabanadzovic, Julia Gelezova, Wojciech Hupert and Atoosa Pour Hosseini.
2012 Hades of Limbo 82 minutes Hamid Shams Javi, Mahdi Safarali, Lena Khaghani and Mehdi Shafeie.
2011 Jean Speck (1860-1933) 70 minutes Made with Jann Clavadetscher Jann Clavadetscher.
2011 Immanence Deconstruction of Us 70 minutes
2011 Filmore 60 minutes Man and Woman.
2011 Tenebrous City & Ill-Lighted Mortals 66 minutes Ed Malone and Nicki ffrecnh Davis.
2011 Cremation of an Ideology 62 minutes Atoosa Pour Hosseini and Rouzbeh Rashidi.
2011 Closure of Catharsis 100 minutes James Devereaux.
2011 Zoetrope 73 minutes Nasser Rashidi, Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Mahasty Eslahy, Reza Rashidi and Rouzbeh Rashidi.
2011 Reminiscences of Yearning 90 minutes Pooria Nick Dell, Toofan Nasehi and Rouzbeh Rashidi.
2010 Bipedality 68 minutes Dean Kavanagh and Julia Gelezova.
2009 Only Human 74 minutes Dean Kavanagh, Reza Rashidi, Nathalia Novaes Alves , Sandra Raz Tadrissi Gonzalez, Yihan Zhu, Mark Leung, Farzad Fahim , Atoosa Pour Hosseini and Rouzbeh Rashidi.
2008 Light & Quiet 68 minutes Ehsan Safarpour, Behnam Fathi, Borna Izadpanah, Mohammad NickDell, Pooria NickDell, Rouzbeh Rashidi, Ali Vakilian.

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  1. ^ "(An)Other Irish Cinema – (Un’)Altro Cinema Irlandese". 2010-09-25. Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  2. ^ a b "Experimental Film Society". Retrieved March 13, 2010. [better source needed]
  3. ^ a b Nash, Cara (February 25, 2010). "Cinema with soul". Filmink News. Retrieved February 28, 2010. 
  4. ^ Rouzbeh Rashidi. Contemporary Iranian. Retrieved on 2012-04-20.
  5. ^ Garage. "Rouzbeh Rashidi". Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  6. ^ Rouzbeh Rashidi. Retrieved on 2010-10-22.
  7. ^ Cork Film Centre. Cork Film Centre (2011-07-08). Retrieved on 2011-09-22.
  8. ^ Experimental Conversations — Articles — Experimental Film Society: Rouzbeh Rashidi in Conversation. Retrieved on 2011-12-20.
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  10. ^ Hello Operator host first Experimental Film Society on Friday July 29th | Film Ireland Online. (2011-07-25). Retrieved on 2011-07-29.
  11. ^ Experimental Film Society from Garage's Filmmakers on. Retrieved on 2011-12-06.
  12. ^ Homo Sapiens Project By Rouzbeh Rashidi at the Chester Beatty Library | Film Ireland
  13. ^ Visual Artists Ireland » Homo Sapiens Project by Rouzbeh Rashidi at the Chester Beaty Library
  14. ^ (An)Other Irish Cinema | EXCHANGE DUBLIN Collective Arts Centre. (1980-12-23). Retrieved on 2010-10-22.
  15. ^ Weekend of Independent Irish Cinema | Film Ireland Online. (2010-07-22). Retrieved on 2010-10-22.
  16. ^ Pulsoni, Gianluca (2010-10-09). "Free Radical: The 6th Lucca Film Festival". Senses of Cinema. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  17. ^ (An)Other Irish Cinema. (2010-10-06). Retrieved on 2010-10-22.
  18. ^ "Students Scoop Prizes At Smedias". The Irish Film & Television Network. Retrieved March 13, 2010. 
  19. ^ Minihan, Mary (April 3, 2009). "'Trinity News' scoops top media awards". The Irish Times. Retrieved March 13, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Smedias 2010 - The National Student Media Awards". Retrieved March 13, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Smedias 2009 (17 Apr 2009)". Retrieved March 13, 2010. 
  22. ^ "DIT Update". Dublin Institute of Technology. Retrieved March 13, 2010. 

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